I’m a simple makeup kinda gal. My mom has hardly ever worn any, so I grew up really not thinking much about it. Not much has changed. Yes, I like to get fancy every once in a while, but for the most part my daily makeup routine is easy, quick and cheap. I haven’t shared an updated daily makeup routine in a while so I wanted to spill the beans on my current faves!
Before we dive in, I think prepping the skin is huge. I get monthly facials at Massage Heights (see full post here), never sleep with my makeup on (will be updating my skin routine very soon), and SWEAR by this $1 eye cream. I also use this Tinted Moisturizer as the PERFECT base. Now that you’re prepped, let’s go! disclaimer- I am NO makeup expert but this is what I do. It’s a quick and easy daily routine that I can do in under 10 minutes, 5 minutes most days. It gets the job done!
step one: I start with my undereyes. I swear by this Mabelline Undereye Concealer. I make sure my undereye is primed with this eye cream. After it’s hydrated from the cream, I draw a triangle under each eye with the stick. Then I dot to cover up in pimples or dark spots. I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then dab with a damp beauty blender.
step two: I noticed I was having a lot of mascara smear and I solved this two ways – the first? Setting with a setting powder! I love this one from It Cosmetics. It’s not drugstore but I do think it’s worth the money. It works very well, doesn’t cause flashback in photos and has lasted a while. Like over a year. I apply it with a small blush brush.
step three: Time to bronze, aka no longer look like a zombie. I swear by this Marc Jacobs Bronzer in shade ‘Tantric’. Yes, it’s one of the more expensive items in my makeup bag but it’s last TWO YEARS. I love that it’s matte- no shimmer, glitter explosion here. It goes on well and the color works year round. I use a bronzer brush to lightly dust my whole face and neck. I then get the edge of the brush and go a little harder on the palette. I then trace an ‘E’ on my face for a very sad excuse for contouring (it works though!). This adds some dimension to your face. note: I’ll have this saved to my ‘Makeup’ highlight tab on my Instagram for a visual tutorial.
step four: I’ve always been a huge fan of blush, I love the subtle glow it gives. I think it just makes you look more alive. I place two fingers on either side of my nose and then brush my cheeks up and out. I’ve been a religious fan of Nars Blush in Shade ‘Orgasm’ for as long as I can remember.
step five: I like a little highlight without looking like a disco ball. Definitely acheivable with this Becca Pressed Highlighter in Shade ‘Champagne Pop’. It’s a light shine and sparkle that doesn’t look cheap. I use a large highlighter brush to lightly sweep the top of my cheekbones.
step six: Eyelashes are my desert island choice – like if I could only use one product for the rest of forever what would you choose? Mine would 100% be mascara. So needless to say, I’m picky! 9 times out of 10 I prime my lashes with this L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer. It makes your lashes so much longer and thicker than just plain mascara. I apply a few coats, let it sit for about a minute and then top with my favorite mascara. For the past couple of months, I SWEAR by this Thrive Causemetics Mascara (get $10 off here!). I swear RJ thought I got lash extensions the first time I did this combo. I had to literally wash one of my eyes to prove it was my real lashes. I also love this mascara because it doesn’t flake or smear under your eyes and it removes SO easily. It’s seriously the best $24 I’ve ever spent. I’ve been using the same tube since July and will probably replace some point at the end of this month.
step eight: My brows need a little TLC most days and I love this Elf Brow Gel in Shade Light. Not only does it help hold everything in place, it also adds a slight tint. I can sometimes skip this step though as I’ve found the QUEEN of Chattanooga Brows. Over time, she’s helped guide me on where to wax, where to grow out, and shown me tips for filling them in with my makeup. It’s made a HUGE difference. I am so happy with her work and wanted you guys to meet her too, so I asked for a discount code! She is doing 20% off your wax with code ‘YESPLEASE20‘ and you can book here! Code is only valid with Leslie Riseman at Skin and Brow Room Southside.
step eight: The finishing touch is my favorite drugstore lipstick! I can’t get enough of this L’Oreal Paris Rich Lipstick in Shade ‘Toasted Almond’. It’s like a nude, but darker so it almost appears as you’re not wearing lipstick. It’s like a subtle, perfect, everyday cherry on top!
Do you use any of these products? I’ve used all of them for a while and can’t say enough how much I love them! Be sure to check out my Instagram (@RileySitton), I’m sharing a video tutorial of my daily makeup routine on my stories and saved to my IG highlights. XO